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Sky Symphony

This free, five-day symphonic sound and light installation will transform the Yarra this October.
By Ellen Seah
September 01, 2023
By Ellen Seah
September 01, 2023

A massive, free digital art installation is set to takeover the skies above the Birrarung for five nights this October. Head down from 8pm between Wednesday, October 11–Sunday, October 15 to see the Yarra transformed with a symphonic sound and light installation.

Created by audio composer Shaun Rigney together with light and sound experts LASERVISION, Sky Symphony marries Rigney's symphony Portraits of the Air with a unique display of lasers, lighting, water jets and a state-of-the-art projector. Portraits of the Air was recorded with Orchestra Victoria and conducted by Nicholas Buc.

"I was thinking about a way of presenting the music and images when I saw LASERVISION's work on the internet. It blew my mind. They were making these astounding shows projecting lasers onto water screens. And I realised: our images are made of light and air and water … and here is a company using the same materials as their medium! I had to find a way to bring them together," says Rigney.

Sky Symphony is a 12-minute installation which will play on loop every 20 minutes between 8–10.40pm. The Sky Symphony team reckon the best place to view the artwork is along the eastern end of Yarra Promenade, adjacent to Queens Bridge.

Sky Symphony is supported by the Melbourne City Revitalisation Fund, granting funding for after-dark activities to all to give the night-time economy a hefty boost.

Joondalup, 2023

Joondalup, 2023

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